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PHOTOS: Perry Hall Mission BBQ Opening Benefits Wounded Warriors

The grand opening on Monday brought crowds to the Festival at Perry Hall Shopping Center.

For Mission BBQ co-founder Bill Kraus, the restaurant's patriotic overtones are personal. 

"My oldest son is a Marine and my other son is Naval Academy bound. We have the easy job. We make food and say 'thank you.' They go off and protect, serve and save our freedoms," Kraus said. 

He and co-founder Steve Newton held the grand opening celebration for their second restaurant at the Festival at Perry Hall Shopping Center at 4132 East Joppa Rd. on Monday. Their first restaurant opened in Glen Burnie last year. Gaining immediate popularity, Baltimore Magazine named it the best barbecue in Baltimore.

During a soft launch last week, the restaurant hosted Baltimore County police and firefighters, raising more than $2,500 to benefit the departments. On Monday, following a ribbon cutting and singing of the National Anthem, all of the proceeds supported the Wounded Warrior Project, which assists soldiers in their emotional and physical recoveries. A portion of specialty cup sales also benefit the organization on a daily basis.

Support for the Wounded Warrior Project brought members of the Maryland Army National Guard of the CW4 Melvin Sherr Armory in Parkville to the restaurant's opening. 

"Having been deployed a few times, I have a number of friends who have benefited from the Wounded Warrior Project. A lot of businesses pay lip service, but they actually back up what they're saying," said  Staff Sgt. Jeff Sullens. 

State Del. Eric Bromwell said he expects ongoing community support for the new barbecue joint.

"It brings jobs to Perry Hall, fills the vacant space left by Blockbuster and it's in my backyard, which is great for me. But also, the mission of this company is all about those who serve—firefighters, police officers, members of the military. It's unparalleled. I've never seen a business model like that before," Bromwell said. 

See the photo gallery for shots inside the new business. Share your restaurant review in the comments.

Tracy Dietrich November 21, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Just wanted to say I can't wait to try their food! Welcome to Perry Hall! It's nice to have a new business in town. Congrats-
PAA November 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I ate there with my family last night. The food was really good, the service was fantastic and the wait was short even though it was pretty crowded. Welcome to Perry Hall!
SG from PH November 21, 2012 at 10:00 PM
The business model is a very sound one that reinvests in the community that supports Mission BBQ, some businesses say they do and Perry Hall is blessed to have two businesses that operate from the basic principles of God and Country. Both businesses will see my extended family frequently.
Deb November 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
My husband and I ate lunch there yesterday. The food was awesome and the service was excellent.

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